SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST, a documentary based on a one-woman multimedia play written by and starring best-selling author, Christina Crawford, (adopted daughter of famed actress Joan Crawford,) has been filmed in Club Shadows Theater, located inside The Metro Entertainment Complex, in Jacksonville, Florida. The documentary is based on three of her best-selling books, Mommie Dearest, Survivor, and No Safe Place.
Ms. Crawford appeared both on stage and in the film clips during the two-act play which featured long forgotten home movies, historical archival photos, pictures from private collections, film clips and video interviews of both Joan and Christina Crawford. The play covered almost 100 years of entertainment and show business history. The production lasts approximately two hours, including an intermission.
Ms. Crawford feels that a documentary is perfect at this time as the thirty-fifth anniversary of her best-selling book, Mommie Dearest, is approaching. In the near future, a commutative, limited-edition box set will be available for the thirty-fifth anniversary, which will include a DVD featuring “The Survivors Wheel”, a musical CD from the play and documentary, and an autographed copy of the book, Mommie Dearest.
Ms. Crawford’s books made the issue of child abuse and neglect a salient issue in the public’s awareness, at a time when it was just beginning to be recognized as a societal issue. Subsequently, Ms. Crawford served as President of Los Angeles’ Inter-Agency Council on Abuse and Neglect Associates for seven years, and served as a commissioner for Children Service Commission, Los Angeles County, wherein she campaigned for reformation of child abuse laws.
SURVIVING MOMMIE DEAREST is produced by Jerry Rosenberg, Jacksonville, FL businessman and co-owner of the Metro Entertainment Complex. In addition to managing his award-winning venue, Mr. Rosenberg has been a long-time champion for civil liberties and diversity in Northeast Florida. Mr. Rosenberg, has known Ms. Crawford for over 17 years.
The documentary is produced by Christina Crawford, Jerry Rosenberg and A J Michaels. Multimedia created by Samuel Farmer. Musical supervisor is singer/composer, and American Songbook aficionado, George Bugatti.
For further information/interviews, contact:
Mommie Dearest, Inc.